Metaskills: Five Talents for the Robotic Age

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In a sweeping vision for the future of work, Neumeier shows that the massive problems of the 21st century are largely the consequence of a paradigm shift—a shuddering gear-change from the familiar Industrial Age to the unfamiliar “Robotic Age,” an era of increasing man-machine collaboration.

This change is creating the “Robot Curve,” an accelerating waterfall of obsolescence and opportunity that is currently reshuffling the fortunes of workers, companies, and national economies....

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Overview

In a sweeping vision for the future of work, Neumeier shows that the massive problems of the 21st century are largely the consequence of a paradigm shift—a shuddering gear-change from the familiar Industrial Age to the unfamiliar “Robotic Age,” an era of increasing man-machine collaboration.

This change is creating the “Robot Curve,” an accelerating waterfall of obsolescence and opportunity that is currently reshuffling the fortunes of workers, companies, and national economies. It demonstrates how the cost and value of a unit of work go down as it moves from creative to skilled to rote, and, finally, to robotic. While the Robot Curve is dangerous to those with brittle or limited skills, it offers unlimited potential to those with metaskills—master skills that enable other skills.

Neumeier believes that the metaskills we need in a post-industrial economy are feeling (intuition and empathy), seeing (systems thinking), dreaming (applied imagination), making (design), and learning (autodidactics). These are not the skills we were taught in school. Yet they’re the skills we’ll need to harness the curve.

In explaining each of the metaskills, he offers encouragement and concrete advice for mastering their intricacies. At the end of the book he lays out seven changes that education can make to foster these important talents.

This is a rich, exciting book for forward-thinking educators, entrepreneurs, designers, artists, scientists, and future leaders in every field. It comes illustrated with clear diagrams and a 16-page color photo essay. Those who enjoy this book may be interested in its slimmer companion, The 46 Rules of Genius, also by Marty Neumeier.

Things you’ll learn in Metaskills:

- How to stay ahead of the “robot curve”

- How to account for “latency” in your predictions

- The 9 most common traps of systems behavior

- How to distinguish among 4 types of originality

- The 3 key steps in generating innovative solutions

- 6 ways to think like Steve Jobs

- How to recognize the 3 essential qualities of beauty

- 24 aesthetic tools you can apply to any kind of work

- 10 strategies to trigger breakthrough ideas

- Why every team needs an X-shaped person

- How to overcome the 5 forces arrayed against simplicity

- 6 tests for measuring the freshness of a concept

- How to deploy the 5 principles of “uncluding”

- The 10 tests for measuring great work

- How to sell an innovative concept to an organization

- 12 principles for constructing a theory of learning

- How to choose a personal mission for the real world

- The 4 levels of professional achievement

- 7 steps for revolutionizing education

From the back cover

"Help! A robot ate my job!" If you haven't heard this complaint yet, you will. Today's widespread unemployment is not a jobs crisis. It's a talent crisis. Technology is taking every job that doesn't need a high degree of creativity, humanity, or leadership. The solution? Stay on top of the Robot Curve--a constant waterfall of obsolescence and opportunity fed by competition and innovation. Neumeier presents five metaskills--feeling, seeing, dreaming, making, and learning--that will accelerate your success in the Robotic Age.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

Metaskills is a rousing manifesto of mastery in a connected world.”

SUZIE REIDER, DIRECTOR, GOOGLE BRANDLAB

“Fresh, insightful, and highly relevant for today’s business challenges.”

TOM LOCKWOOD, CEO, LOCKWOOD RESOURCE, AUTHOR OF DESIGN THINKING

“The success of all future leaders will depend on their ability to innovate–Neumeier’s book provides a critical roadmap.”

PAUL WITKAY, CEO, ALLIANCE OF CHIEF EXECUTIVES

“Great read. We’re ready for this!”

DEBORAH MORRISON, CONTRIBUTING EDITOR, FAST COMPANY

“Fascinating stuff...really thought provoking.”

JACK COVERT, CO-AUTHOR, THE 100 BEST BUSINESS BOOKS OF ALL TIME

“A substantial book written by a true visionary who lays out a way forward in the Robotic Age.”

JEFFREY DAVIS, CEO, TRACKING WONDER

“Metaskills is Neumeier’s fourth book in ten years, and it’s his best.”

MATTHEW PORTER, CONTRIBUTING EDITOR, COMMUNICATION ARTS

“The process of human knowing has barely begun. Hence the great importance–and significance–of Neumeier’s book.”

ROBERT MORRIS, AMAZON HALL OF FAME REVIEWER

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780321898678
  • Publisher: New Riders
  • Publication date: 12/5/2012
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 600,538
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Marty Neumeier is a designer, writer, and business adviser whose mission is to bring the principles and processes of creativity to industry. His recent series of “whiteboard” books includes The Designful Company, about the role of design in corporate innovation; Zag, named one of the “top hundred business books of all time” for its insights into radical differentiation; and The Brand Gap, considered by many the foundational text for modern brand-building.

In the 1990s Neumeier was editor and publisher of Critique magazine, the first journal about design thinking. He has also worked closely with innovative companies such as Apple, Netscape, Sun Microsystems, HP, Adobe, Google, and Microsoft to help advance their brands and cultures. Today he serves as Director of Transformation for Liquid Agency in Silicon Valley, and travels extensively as a workshop leader and speaker on the topics of innovation, brand, and design. Between trips, he and his wife spend their time in California and southwest France.

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Table of Contents

Preface ix

Acknowledgements xi

Prologue xiii

Ten questions xvii

The Mandate

The arc of human talent 2

The innovation mandate 8

Where are the jobs? 12

The Robot Curve 15

A crisis of happiness 20

The obsolete industrial brain 24

Wanted: Metaskills 27

Congratulations, you're a designer 30

The future in your hands 34

1 Feeling

Brain surgery, self-taught 39

When the right brain goes wrong 45

The magical mind 49

Leonardo's assistant 54

The uses of beauty 58

Aesthetics for dummies 64

It's not business-it's personal 74

On what do you bias your opinion? 84

2 Seeing

The tyranny of or 91

Thinking whole thoughts 95

How systems work 98

Grandma was right 103

The primacy of purpose 116

Sin explained 121

The problem with solutions 126

The art is in the framing 130

3 Dreaming

Brilliant beyond reason 139

The answer-shaped hole 143

There be dragons! 146

A most unpleasant young man 150

The play instinct 154

Dreaming together 163

The bolt upright moment 168

Six tests of originality 171

4 Making

Il discorso mentale 177

The no-process process 179

Every day is Groundhog Day 182

The discipline of uncluding 185

The art of simplexity 191

A reality check 194

Sell in, not out 196

The big to-do list 201

5 Learning

Impossible is nothing 207

The joy zone 209

What's the mission? 213

A theory of learning 217

Climbing the bridge 220

Creativity loves company 224

Unplugging 226

The scenic road to you 228

A Modest Proposal

Epilogue 233

1 Shut down the factory 233

2 Change the subjects 235

3 Flip the classroom 237

4 Stop talking, start making 240

5 Engage the learning drive 243

6 Advance beyond degrees 245

7 Shape the future 247

Notes 251

Index 275

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